ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/15/2019

USOS EVA #59 Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #1: Today, the ISS CDR, Luca Parmitano (EV-1), and FE-9,  Drew Morgan (EV-2), conducted US EVA #59 (AMS EVA #1) which lasted for 6h 39m. During today’s EVA, Luca and Drew performed the following tasks:

  • AMS Debris Shield Removal
  • Debris Shield Jettison
  • Zenith & Nadir Vacuum Case and Diagonal Beam Handrail Install
  • Vertical Support Beam (VSB) Cover Multilayer insulation (MLI)/Zip Tie Removal
  • VSB Cover Removal and Jettison
  • VSB Spacer Removal and Data Cable Preparation


PK-4 (Plasma Krystall-4): The crew performed a data harddrive exchange. Plasma Krystall-4 (PK-4) is a scientific collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), performing research in the field of “Complex Plasmas”: low temperature gaseous mixtures composed of ionized gas, neutral gas, and micron-sized particles. The micro-particles become highly charged in the plasma and interact strongly with each other, which can lead to a self-organized structure of the micro-particles: so-called plasma crystals. Experiments in the facility aim to study Transport Properties, Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Physics, and Non-linear waves and Instabilities in the plasmas.

Space Biofilms: The crew terminated the Space Biofilm Group Activation Packs (GAPs) and placed them into incubation. The Characterization of Biofilm Formation, Growth, and Gene Expression on Different Materials and Environmental Conditions in Microgravity (Space Biofilms) investigation characterizes the mass, thickness, structure, and associated gene expression of biofilms that form in space by analyzing different microbial species grown on different materials. Biofilm formation can cause equipment malfunction and human illnesses, and could be a serious problem on future long-term human space missions.

Hermes Facility: The crew closed the Vacuum Valve on the Hermes facility in order to allow the ground to perform a monthly vacuum vent line check. Hermes is an experimental microgravity facility that enables science experiments, microgravity exposure testing, testing of engineering components, testing of CubeSats, concept trials, and any payloads that fit within the Hermes design and operations constraints. It is open to any investigation that benefits from microgravity exposure. 


Endoscope Troubleshooting: On Wednesday, the crew installed the LAB1P6 Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA) Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Snorkel assembly. The snorkel is designed to reduce CCAA water carry over and the US endoscope was to provide a visual verification of the snorkel’s function. However, once the scope was installed into the snorkel, no video was displayed on the endoscope display. Today, in an effort to recover the endoscope functionality, the crew performed a troubleshooting activity that manipulated the endoscope connections and controls. The endoscope video was not recovered during this activity.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS): Today, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS ahead of AMS EVA #1. During the EVA, EV1 setup the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) with the Worksite Interface Extension (WIFEX) and Articulated Portable Foot Restraint (APFR) and then ingressed the APFR. Crew inside the ISS then maneuvered EV1 to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) worksite where he worked with EV2 to accomplish their assigned AMS tasks for today.  Once complete, the crew inside ISS maneuvered the SSRMS to the egress position where EV1 egressed the APFR. Once the EVA was complete, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered down the MSS.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Payload Operations Support

Saturday, 11/16 (GMT 320):

  • VEG-04B check (NASA)


  • EDAR Start
  • EMU Water & LLB Recharge
  • EMU Metox Regen

Sunday, 11/17 (GMT 321):

  • VEG-04B check (NASA)


  • Crew Off Duty

Monday, 11/18 (GMT 322):

  • Analog-1 Proficiency Run (ESA)
  • JSSOD12 install part 1 (JAXA)
  • HERMES vlv to Open (NASA)
  • STaARS relocation to ER10 (NASA)
  • BFF test Cassette Installs and Syringe Swap (NASA
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • RR14 Habitat Restock (NASA)
  • VEG-04B chk (NASA)
  • ISS HAM Pass (NASA)


  • EVA SAFER Practice
  • Regen Recycle Tank Drain / Fill / Process
  • WSTA Fill
  • ARED Cylinder Evac

Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for EVA In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation
  • iPad Check Apple Operating System Downloaded
  • R PAO event report preparation
  • ECON-M. Observations and photo (Task List)
  • USOS EVA Comm Config Note 15
  • Postsleep
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Columbus
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
  • EVA COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU)  Verify off
  • ISS Crew Weekly Conference with Main Real-Time Operations Management Group (ГОГУ) Lead (S-band S/G2)
  • Applying bar code labels to FGB panels
  • Checking cover closure on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14. Note 6
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Purge
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Prebreathe
  • Crewlock Depress
  • Temperature measurements of battery modules No.1-No.8 of ПТАБ case and connectors (before mating circuit connectors).
  • Crewlock Egress
  • Temperature measurements of battery modules No.1-No.8 of ПТАБ case and connectors, assistance
  • SSRMS Setup
  • SSRMS EVA Support
  • Worksite Setup
  • PK-4 data hard drives exchange
  • SSRMS Translate
  • Contingency Water Container – Iodine (CWC-I) Pumping to Waste Water Bus Initiation
  • Debris Shield Removal
  • Ground Control Assist
  • Retrieve Green Bag From Airlock
  • Temperature measurements of battery modules No.1-No.8 of ПТАБ case and connectors (when ДПР3 responds).
  • Rubber valve replacement in dining table on ISS RS
  • Express Logistics Carrier (ELC) 2 Setup
  • Contingency Water Container – Iodine (CWC-I) Pumping to Waste Water Bus Termination
  • Monthly health check of video recording equipment in the RS
  • Tool Setup and Transfer
  • Photography of the interior to determine location for HP printer setup in SM (panel 206-220)
  • Tropical Cyclone Untended Check
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Endoscope Troubleshooting (TS)
  • Debris Shield Jettison Preparation
  • VEG-04B Plant Check/Watering for each Plant Pillow
  • Debris Shield Removal
  • Preventive Maintenance of SM Ventilation Subsystem. Group А
  • Install Handrails
  • Applying b/c labels to FGB panels
  • VSB Cover MLI / Zip Tie Removal
  • In-Flight Maintenance Lab Bypass Duct Remove
  • Tropical Cyclone Hardware Closeout
  • SSRMS Translate
  • Applying b/c labels to FGB panels
  • EVA Crew Lock Ingress
  • EVA Glove Photo Setup
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Crewlock Pre Repress
  • Crewlock Repress
  • Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities
  • Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) GoPro Downlink
  • EVA Glove Photo Downlink
  • Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Disassembly
  • Return to nominal comm configuration after USOS EVA
  • Hermes Vacuum Valve Close